NS4276 : The channel of the Overtoun Burn

taken 8 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The channel of the Overtoun Burn
The channel of the Overtoun Burn
This is a view in the opposite direction along the same artificial channel that is shown in NS4276 : The channel of the Overtoun Burn; see that item for further information. The small weir that appears in the foreground of that photograph can be seen in the distance in the present view.

Most of the low area to the right of the channel would formerly have been part of an ornamental lily pond (which also served as a dam for a domestic hydro-electric scheme see the last-cited link for details), but the water level there has dropped considerably in recent decades.
Overtoun House hydro-electric scheme
This was one of the earliest examples of a hydro-electric scheme producing power for domestic use: in around 1892, the occupant of Overtoun House, John Campbell White (soon to be created Lord Overtoun), had a turbine house built to provide electricity for his home. See LinkExternal link for more on Overtoun House. The ruins of the turbine house are located beside a waterfall called Spardie Linn LinkExternal link on the course of the Overtoun Burn. Water was impounded further up the burn in a dam, which doubled as an ornamental lily pond. The dam is fed by the Overtoun Burn, whose channel, just upstream of the pond, can be seen to have been artificially straightened; the remains of a sluice gate are visible there.
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NS4276, 211 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 17 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4254 7652 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.3490N 4:31.4178W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4254 7651
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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